I drove to Clearwater (and back) yesterday to attend and present to the Pinellas SQL group. Misc notes from the trip:
- Started my trip at 2pm because Tampa traffic is very heavy after 4. Crossing the bridge (it’s a long bridge) there was an accident on the other side, traffic…
Posting here mostly because I’ll need this link again sooner or later! We’re hosting our more or less annual joint meeting of OPASS & MagicPass this month and the facility we use requires an insurance certificate. We use Eventhelper.com. It was $105 for the one day certificate. Takes five… Read more
I won’t say never, but it’s unlikely I’d move for a job – my roots are here in Orlando and I like it that way, but things change, and certainly there are other points of view on the risk/reward calculation. I was struck by the comment that this is a… Read more
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OPASS and MagicPASS are proud to present a special joint meeting with Ben Miller
TSQL is a necessity when interacting with SQL Server so knowing can be half the battle. Performance is always good as the database starts to grow,… Read more
Is Powershell intimidating? It’s an interesting question, though perhaps unfair – TSQL can be intimidating when you first start out too. I think we forget that sometimes, that learning something new can be scary, painful (and fun, and exhilarating).
And of course today MS announced Bash is coming to… Read more
It’s still a bit hard to believe that SQL Server will soon run on Linux. If you think back to the early days of SQL 7, 2000, even 2005, who would have bet any money on it ever happening? It was a topic worthy of an April 1 post back… Read more
I was pleased to hear today that I was selected for the 2016 NomCom, along with Joaquin Romero, Erin Stellato, and Thomas LeBlanc. We’ll be working with the Nominations Committee (NomCom) Chair, Thomas LaRock, and Board representative, Tim Ford. It is a solid team and I’m eager to get… Read more
- Chinese food instead of pizza (thanks Shawn!)
- The wine bar is doing some remodeling to make better use of the space we (and presumably others) use by adding a pass through window to the bar area. That’s good, but the downside is the route to the restrooms appears…
Is being on time important? I think that might be a revealing interview question. The answer might or might not be a deal breaker depending on the hiring manager or the culture, but just hearing how they answer offers some interesting insight into how they see the world.
The comments… Read more
I submitted my letter just a few minutes ago. It’s a template, doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to fill out and send in. I’m curious to see if we have more volunteers this year than in previous years with the streamlined requirements.
I listened to most of the town hall today. The main topic was the just voted on changes to the NomCom selection process, with some related questions and conversation about why someone should serve, requirements, etc. I like the town halls – not as good as in person, but reasonable.… Read more
- Speaker dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse. Good location, but just a little confined and a little noisy. Perfect location is hard to find!
- Signs were up and looked good, though I heard a few people still weren’t quite clear to park (it’s a big parking lot). One or two…
I gave my presentation on automating restores. Part philosophy (why you need it) and part tech (one way to do it). Title still needs work, maybe the abstract too, but once we get started it seems to engage people. The biggest thing I’ve noticed from doing this presentation is the…unease?…when… Read more
This one is about spending time with my daughter – she bought some army men as a toy after a visit to the doctor. It’s also a little bit about diversity because the package of army men was all male.
Writing about father/daughter time is easy compared to writing about… Read more
I had to laugh as I write this, the “Spousal Surcharges” title is awfully close to clickbait. The topic is health insurance and the growing trend of employers charging employees a fee if their spouse has the option to get insurance via a different employer and opts out. Read more
On Friday Thomas LaRock posted Changes to the NomCom Process on the PASS blog for comment prior to the Board voting on the changes at the March meeting. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to do so before reading my comments.
First, some quick background and disclosures.… Read more
For a while I’ve been wanting to do a project that used black iron pipe for the main structure. Kind of a Lego’ish appeal for grown ups, if such a thing is possible. It’s strong and not hard to work with as long as you can stick to the stock… Read more
I’ve used Windows Live Writer for almost as long as I’ve been blogging (mid 2007 or so). It’s worked well enough and I’ve liked having an offline editor. It moved to open source after years of stagnating (though it still worked well enough!) and I’ve finally moved to that version Read more
Last month I visited MagicPASS, this month I’ll be at oPASS and presenting again on my pattern for automating database restores. It’s a still evolving presentation, but one that I think engages attendees. They know how to restore, they know why, so it’s just layering some ideas on top of… Read more
I just posted Pausing PASSWatch on the PASSWatch blog, wrapping up a project that ran about 16 months. It’s hard to call it a success, based both on stopping it and not accomplishing as much as I hoped, yet I don’t see it as a failure either. I learned a… Read more